- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A bill aiming to give Idaho control over water pollution regulations has received the House’s stamp of approval.

Under the new plan, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality would manage the state’s pollution policies instead of the federal government.

Lawmakers warn the takeover will not be a quick process- it’s expected to take seven years to fully ramp up and cost nearly $3 million.

Still, proponents of the bill say letting the state call the shots allows for more oversight and flexibility.

The DEQ will still be required to adhere to the Clean Water Act and other federal standards.

After passing the House unanimously Friday, the bill is set to travel to the Senate for debate.

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